Compensation for injuries as a result of a crime
If you read the papers, and believe everything that you read, it would seem we live in an increasingly violent society. The crimes that are reported on a daily basis take an increasingly violent twists and no more so than a recent headline regarding a taxi driver who lost his eye.
Losing an eye as a result of a violent altercation in his cab late at night, the assailant received a prison term for the crime he committed. But what about the taxi driver? How will he cope now, unable to drive his cab due to his eyesight problem? Our lawyer in Leicestershire could be the legal professional to help.
Have you been hurt as part of a violent crime?
Many people think that as a result of being hurt as part of a crime, the only justice will be if and when the perpetrators are caught. But this is not so! You can also claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
However, like all compensation claims there are criteria that needs to be met and there are also options open to you which your lawyer in Leicestershire will explain to you in full.
Who do you claim compensation from?
Most victims of violent crimes assume that you would claim compensation from the person that hurt you. This would make sense but you need to ask the question, would you ever receive this money? Likewise, if the person that hurt you was not caught, remaining at large as they say, who would you sue for compensation?
Our lawyer in Leicestershire, along with the other solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline recommend a different course of compensation action. There is a compensation criminal board to whom you would submit your compensation claim. Your lawyer in Leicestershire will be able to talk through all the finer detail of making this type of compensation claim.
Like all compensation claims, there are factors which must be present as they form the basis of a compensation claim for personal injury in law.
- Your injuries – you must have received medical attention for your injury or injuries, either from your GP or another medical professional. This could be something as simple as cleaning and dressing a wound, but can also include scans, x-rays and any other type of treatment needed. Gaining this treatment as soon as possible after the incident will also help your claim.
- The incident must NOT have been your fault – clearly, being a victim of a crime and being hurt places your claim in the right place but in cases where a crime has taken place, you will have needed the Police involved. This will see your case with a Police incident number, essential for these types of compensation claims.
- Deadline – like all compensation claims, you must be making a claim within 3 years of the incident happening. Outside of this time, and you will not be able to claim.
Hurt in a crime? Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for compensation advice NOW!
Date Published: 9th March 2014
Author: David Brown